- Create a Website in the Azure portal with the WordPress app from the gallery.
- Go to the newly created Url and follow the WordPress installation steps.
It took me about two or three minutes. Now the question is, why would I want to host a PHP blogging engine on a Microsoft powered plattform? The answer is simple: Because I can.
Setting up a custom domain for your new website is pretty straight forward, but you need a little bit of knowledge about DNS configuration. One downside of having a custom domain for your Windows Azure website is that you have to scale it up from a free to a shared mode. Which basically means your credit card will get involved. I will have to keep an eye on the bill, but since Windows Azure is supposed to charge you only for the resources you actually use, I should be fine.
There is already a lot of good information about Windows Azure websites out there, so I did not want to make another detailed how-to article. Nevertheless, if you feel like you could use another one, drop me a note in the comments.